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Rx Digestive Aids for Dogs

Just like humans—canines sometimes have stomach troubles. The Petco pharmacy offers a range of prescription dog digestive aids, including digestive enzymes for dogs. Prescription digestive enzymes for dogs might be the solution for your pet, especially if your best friend has been diagnosed with conditions such as pancreatitis or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.

FAQs About Rx Dog Digestive Aids

Healthy dogs naturally make their own digestive enzymes. These enzymes are created by the pancreas and help your pup break down their food. Unless your dog shows serious signs of digestive trouble, there is no need to give your best friend canine enzymes for dogs. Even mild cases of vomiting, gas or diarrhea usually don’t warrant dog digestive enzymes and probiotics.

If your veterinarian recommends digestive enzymes for dogs, the enzymes will likely pass through your dog without causing any harm. However, if you give your dog too many enzymes for dogs, the enzymes may begin to suppress the pancreas. Over time, your dog may become dependent on enzymes. This is why you should only give your pet digestive enzymes for dogs if your vet recommends it and follow the dosage schedule.

Worried about your dog’s tummy troubles? Take a look at Petco’s guide with Solutions for Dog Diarrhea and Loose Stool.

Though Pepcid is not FDA-approved for use in pets, veterinarians commonly prescribe Pepcid for dogs and cats suffering from stomach and GI issues. Always consult your dog’s vet before giving your pet any medication, including Pepcid. Your vet will advise you on how much Pepcid to give your pup.

Generally, the guidance is to give your dog a 1mg tablet per 20 lbs. of weight every 12 to 24 hours. It’s best to give your dog Pepcid about an hour before they eat. If your pet has trouble taking pills, consider putting the pill in a soft treat—like cheese or peanut butter or using a pill pocket treat. Learn more about OTC probiotics, stool softeners and enzymes for dogs.

Many dogs suffer from an upset stomach at some point in their lives. It can be difficult to tell if vomiting, gas, bloating or diarrhea is simply a passing illness or symptomatic of a more serious condition, like enzyme deficiency.

If you think your dog has somehow consumed macadamia nuts, you should seek veterinary attention immediately or call pet poison control. Even one macadamia nut can be toxic to your dog.One of the key indicators of enzyme deficiency is very rapid weight loss in your pet despite them maintaining a healthy or even voracious appetite. Additionally, if their upset stomach symptoms continue without getting better, contact your vet right away.

Your veterinarian will be able to test your dog to confirm if they suffer from an enzyme deficiency. If they confirm an enzyme deficiency, they may recommend prescription digestive enzymes for dogs.

If your pup has an upset stomach, your vet may suggest using probiotics or other prescription dog digestive aids. Take a look at our useful resource about Probiotics for Dogs: Improving Your Dog’s Gut Health.